Omar and Boebert have ‘unproductive’ call after anti-Muslim remarks

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Ilhan Omar said Monday he had an “unproductive” call with Lauren Boebert about the Colorado rightwinger’s Islamophobic comments he made to the Minnesota Democrat last week.

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in a new Statement Released on Monday, Omar said he “humbly accepted a call from Rep. Lauren Boebert to falsely claim that she met me in an elevator, suggesting that I was a terrorist, and Muslim In hopes of receiving a straight apology for the history of anti-hatred.” ,

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Umar said: “He doubled down on his rhetoric instead and I decided to end the unproductive call. I believe in engaging with people with whom we respectfully disagree, but not when that disagreement is entirely rooted in bigotry and hatred. ,

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Over the Thanksgiving break, Boebert made anti-Muslim remarks about Omar to an audience in his home district, saying: “Actually I have an Ilhan story for you…”

“So I was going to the lift with one of my employees. You know, we’re leaving the Capitol and we’re going back to our office and we get an elevator and I see a Capitol police officer running toward the elevator. I can see the fret all over his face, and he’s reaching, and the door is closing like I can’t open it, like what’s up. I look to my left, and there he is. Ilhan Omar.

“And I said, ‘Well, he doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine.

The audience applauded with laughter.

“We only had one destination to go,” Boebert continued. “I said, ‘Oh, look, the jihad squad decided to come to work today.'”

She was referring to the “Squad”, a group of left-wing Democrats. Boebert, an extremist in the party’s Trumpist wing, has also used the term on the floor of the House.

boberto apologized said on Twitter on Friday: “I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended by my remarks about Rep. Omar,” adding that she had reached out to Omar’s office to speak to him directly. .

On Monday, Boebert posted a video on Instagram recounting his conversation with Omar. “As a strong, Christian woman who deeply values ​​faith, I never want to hurt anyone’s religion. So I told her. Even after I made a public statement… she said she’s still I also want a public apology because what I did was not good enough,” she said.

Boebert further said that he declined to publicly apologize directly to the Minnesota representative and instead sought an apology from Omar for “anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-police rhetoric.” And then representative Umar contacted me. ,

In his statement on Monday, Omar called on Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to “really hold his party accountable” and accused the Republican Party of “mainstream bigotry and hatred.”

That call has been echoed by other senior Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who issued a joint statement over the weekend that read: “Racism and bigotry of any form, including Islamophobia, should always be called out, confronted.” And should be condemned. Wherever you can find it.”

Given Trump’s strong hold on the party and his popularity with the base as speculation over the former president’s 2024 White House ambitions appear, there is probably little chance of action against Boebert.



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